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KDE is a powerful graphical desktop environment for Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary functionality and outstanding graphical design with the technological superiority of the Unix operating system.

Why is there a need for KDE?

The traditional X11 desktop exhibits among others the following shortcomings:  

  • No common Drag and Drop protocol

  • No easy dialog based desktop configuration

  • No unified application help system

  • No common application development framework

  • No compound document framework

  • Lack of Network transparency on the application level

  • Authoring of X11 extremely laborsome and tedious.

KDE - The user's view:

To the user KDE brings among other things: 

  • A beautiful contemporary desktop

  • A desktop exhibiting complete network transparency

  • An integrated help system allowing for convenient, consistent access to help on the use of the KDE desktop and its applications.

  • Consistent look and feel of all KDE applications.

  • Standardized menu and toolbars, keybindings, color-schemes,  etc.

  • Internationalization: KDE is available in more than 25 languages

  • Centralized consisted dialog driven desktop configuration

  • A great number of useful KDE applications

The current KDE distribution:

The current KDE distribution consists of the following packages: 

  • KDE-Libs: Various run-time libraries

  • KDE-Base: The base components

  • KDE-Graphics: Graphics applications such as KDVI, KGhostview, KPaint, KFax ...

  • KDE-Utilities: KEdit, KCalc, KNotes, ...

  • KDE-Multimedia: KMidi, KModplayer, KMixer, KSCD ...

  • KDE-Games: KAsteroids, KPat, KTetris ....

  • KDE-Admin: Various tools to aid system administration

  • KDE-Network: Kppp, Krn, Kmail ...

gnome.gif (13113 bytes)GNOME

GNOME is the GNU Network Object Model Environment. The GNOME project intends to build a complete, easy-to-use desktop environment for the user, and a powerful application framework for the software developer.

GNOME is part of the GNU project, and is free software compliant with the OpenSource(tm) definition.